It was a tale of two seasons for the Red Wings. They began the season struggling to find consistency and suffered a bunch of injuries.
They ended their season flying into the postseason and proving to the hockey world why they were still one of the best teams in the NHL. Having made the postseason for 22 consecutive sesons, the Red Wings were looking to make some noise and win their 12th Stanley Cup in franchise history.
While the quest for the Cup fell short last Wednesday against the Chicago Blackhawks, a lot of positives and some glaring negatives will dictate the outcome of the offseason plans for GM Ken Holland.
Without his trusty partner-in-crime in Jim Nill to help craft out a game plan, Holland will be under more scrutiny with now another colleague gone to pursue the general manager role.
But the work Nill has done with the Red Wings prospects and the ample cap room has allowed for a very creative off season for Ken Holland.
Here are seven things that you need to watch for as a new era of Red Wings hockey begins.